U.S. airlines are finding ways to trim aircraft weight in response to fuel costs that are 40 percent higher than a year ago.
Among their moves: Removing ovens from flights that no longer serve hot meals; substituting acrylic for glass in mirrors; no longer topping off fuel tanks; adding winglets to wing tips to cut fuel consumption by 3 percent; and charging for heavy baggage, according to the Chicago Tribune.
"We fly so many flights a day that if we can get 100 pounds off every flight, we save millions of dollars a year," UPI quoted American Airlines Capt. Steve Chealander, a 737 pilot who is also manager of flight operations efficiency, as saying.
Russia may terminate all kinds of military and military-technical relations with Israel, including the agreement on the exchange of reconnaissance data
The Ilyushin 20 (Il-20) military electronic reconnaissance aircraft of the Russian Air Force with 14 servicemen on board that went off radar screens off the coast of Syria was shot down by Syrian air defense systems over the Mediterranean Sea